About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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Weekly Go problems: Week 140

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: One of the Golden Rules of Go is “take care of yourself when attacking.” Intermediate Go problem: There are two basic tactics in capturing races; reduce liberties or increase them. Hard Go problem: The aji in Black’s lone cutting stone is surprisingly strong!

Weekly Go problems: Week 139

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re trying to reduce a group’s liberties, it’s usually better not to allow it to extend in a straight line. Intermediate Go problem: Separating White’s groups is surprisingly tricky. Hard Go problem: It looks like White has miai to kill Black…

No Learn Go Week in 2015

Last year, in cooperation with the international Go community, we started a new event called Learn Go Week. Unfortunately, I’m writing today to let you know that we won’t be able to coordinate Learn Go Week in 2015…

Weekly Go problems: Week 138

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to choose between expanding your eyespace and defending a vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you find the mutual vital point, you’ll have a response for every continuation. Hard Go problem: Careful reading and a grasp for the fundamentals should reveal the key points…

Weekly Go problems: Week 137

Here are the weekly Go problems. Sacrificing stones can be powerful tactic in a capturing race. Intermediate Go problem: This looks like a bit like joseki, but White is refusing to compromise. Hard Go problem: We’re continuing with the theme of this week’s easy problem, but you’ll need some sharper tesuji this time…

Weekly Go problems: Week 136

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There’s more than one solution, but it’s all about the vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Never give up just because it looks like stones might escape. Hard Go problem: Thinking about your opponent’s plans more than your own is one of the secrets of playing well…

Weekly Go problems: Week 135

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Sometimes groups have fewer liberties than they seem to. Intermediate Go problem: Do you get the sense that White’s shape is quite short of liberties? Hard Go problem: There are many cases where exchanging a hane on the second line just reduces your liberties…

Weekly Go problems: Week 134

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Liberties are important in life and death problems too. Intermediate Go problem: Once work out why normal moves aren’t good enough, the solution may present itself. Hard Go problem: Being quick to spot vital points can sometimes cause a kind of blindness…

Weekly Go problems: Week 133

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are two vital points in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: These kinds of situations call for subtlety. Hard Go problem: The key point is unclear, but if you focus on the fundamentals you’ll get your bearings…

Weekly Go problems: Week 132

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are some things you can only get away with in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: When direct moves don’t work, you should think about offering a trade. Hard Go problem: Playing moves that are gote is fine, as long as you still make them count…